Feature Photo

Center intern Chloe Doan participates in a ritual dance with local villagers and other volunteers during her trip to Nepal, which was made possible by a generous donation to the Center.

SMC joined colleges and universities from all over the U.S. at the kick-off conference for the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. » SMC Interfaith Projects

The Center engages the value of religious pluralism with economic justice. Here, drawing on the world religions, Center Director Barbara A. McGraw is speaking on "The Moral Economy in Global Perspective" in Varanasi, India » Religious Pluralism & Economic Justice

Prison Religion Project

The Center engages the value of religious pluralism to address religious accommodation in prisons. » Prison Religion Project

One of the Center's interfaith initiatives is an annual interfaith speaking event. Eboo Patel, director of the Interfaith Youth Core, was our first interfaith speaker in 2009.
» Annual Interfaith Speaker Event

America's Sacred Ground

Director McGraw coined the term "America's Sacred Ground" for the American founders' framework and values, which have religious pluralism at their heart. » America's Sacred Ground

Religious Pluralism Engaging Political Culture and Public Policy

Various religious symbols

Welcome to the Center

The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in the public square by engaging religiously diverse perspectives to work toward a more inclusive political culture and solutions to public policy issues. For decades, U.S. popular political debate has been framed as an argument between religious right and secular left. That frame is becoming outmoded as an interfaith movement has begun to take hold in the U.S. and around the world, fostering greater understanding and cooperation among people of many faiths.

     Since 2008, the Center has contributed to that trend by advocating a different way to frame the popular political discourse through the “America’s Sacred Ground” project and providing opportunities for a wide spectrum of religious viewpoints to be heard. This work offers insights for creative, spiritually inspired approaches to public policy in areas such as prison inmate religious accommodation and economic justice, and cultivates student interfaith leadership and engagement.

"Conversations in the public square about religion, politics, and public policy too often are limited to a divide between the religious right and secular liberals. The Center strives to broaden the dialogue to include perspectives from all of the world's religions." -- Dr. Barbara A. McGraw, Director


Our Mission:

The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism engages religiously diverse and non-faith perspectives (“engaged religious pluralism”) to promote interfaith awareness and interreligious understanding and thereby contribute to an enriched, religiously diverse national and international discourse on matters of public concern and to a more inclusive community at SMC. The Center’s reach outside of SMC especially addresses issues that impact diverse religious adherents and communities (e.g., prison religion accommodation) or issues for which an inclusive religiously diverse discourse could offer views beyond an all-too-common binary discourse frame (e.g., economic justice issues).

Our Vision:  

CERP aims to be, and to be known in national and international academic, government, business, and non-profit forums and in the SMC community as, an influential and effective leader for its mission-driven, engaged religious pluralism events, educational programs, and scholarship.















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